Phil Maneri’s
BASS
LAB

This Article Was Originally Published On: December 15, 2015 #Issue 17.

Fodera makes amazing instruments. They operate at the highest level of the industry. This version of the Yin Yang bass features a yellow wood (pau amarillo) top covering a walnut body blank. Like the Yin Yang Standard, this bass is loaded with an EMG P/J set tied to a Mike Pope preamp. Hardware is the typical Fodera bridge and Gotoh-style keys.

Construction is flawless. Fit and finish of every detail is perfect. Design is good looking, interesting and very Fodera. Sounds great, plays well. Compared to the alder body version, this one is warmer, with a more diffuse low end and less midrange, whereas the other is brighter, tighter and has much more midrange presence.

The issue we had with this bass is that the neck was back-bowed with no truss rod tension. You could not dial in relief without stringing up with a heavier-tension set of strings or pulling the truss rod and flipping it over. Thankfully, when you take neck off of the bass, the truss rod can be pulled out and flipped over 180deg. Once the truss rod is slid back in, it can be adjusted just where you need it. Not as convenient as a typical 2-way rod, but very effective.

I prefer the alder version to this one; its punch and clarity are much more player-friendly. This walnut version sounds bigger in the low end, but also more diffuse, with less punch. This instrument delivers very high quality for the discerning musician.

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Fodera Yin Yang Standard Series II Bass

Fodera Yin Yang
Standard Series II

CONFIGURATION

Strings:4
Style:Double cutaway
Overall Length:45 1/4"
Body Dimension:20" long x 12 1/2" wide at lower bout
Body Contouring:Moderate
Weight:10 lbs

MEASUREMENTS

Scale length:34”
Neck width at nut:1.528”
Neck width at 12th fret:2.164"
Neck width at joint:2.386"
Neck thickness at nut:1.069"
Neck thickness at 1st fret:.922"
Neck thickness at 12th fret:.939"
Neck thickness at joint:1.038"
String spacing at nut:.415"
String spacing at saddle:.769"
Fingerboard radius:0-20” compound
Descriptor for neck shape:wide D
Peghead break angle:9 deg
Bridge break angle:14 deg
Afterlength at nut:2.780” to 4.801"
Afterlength at saddle:1.51"
Attachment:Bolt-on
Pocket gap:None
Truss rod type/access:Single-acting (reversible) / body end
Fret count:24
Fretwire:100x40

ELECTRONICS

Pickups:EMJ P/J
Pickup location(s), from 12th fret:11 ¾”, 14 5/8”
Electronics:Mike Pope
Controls:tacked volume / passive tone, pickup blend, stacked bass / treble, mids; switche for active/passive mode
Shielding:Copper foil
Preamp circuit voltage:18v

CONSTRUCTION

Body Woods:Walnut, with yellowheart (pau amarillo) top (partially paint black)ed
Neck WoodsQuarter-sawn hard rock maple
Fingerboard:Ebony
Body Finish:Hand-rubbed satin acrylic lacquer
Neck Finish:Hand-rubbed satin acrylic lacquer

HARDWARE

Strings:Fodera Nickel Ultra Lights (round core)
Gauge:.040, .055, .075, .095
Attachment:At bridge
Bridge/color:Proprietary / black
Nut:Brass
Tuners/color:Sealed / black
Knobs/color:Metal / black
Pickguard:n/a
Control cavity cover:Black anodized, brushed aluminum

GENERAL

Company:Fodera Guitars
68 34th Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Tel: 718-832-3455
Fax: 718-832-3458
www.fodera.com
County of origin:USA
Warranty:5 years on woodwork, 1 year on electronics
Price:$5,050
Accessories:Hard shell case, allen keys, truss rod puller
Available colors:Natural
Available Options:Gold hardware ($150)
Acquired from:Fodera Guitars
Dates:Winter/Spring 2015
Locals:Ohio
Test gear:Markbass F500, Mesa/Boogie Titan V-12, AudioKinesis Hathor 1203, Bergantino HD212, Fodera E5S, MTD 535

TEST RESULTS

1-5 (unacceptable to impeccable)

In-hand

Features:5
Tonal Flexibility:5
Ease of Use:5
Aesthetics:5
Ergonomics:5
Tone:5
Value:5

In-hand Score
5.00average

On-bench Score
5.00average

On-bench

Overall construction5
Wood choice5
Materials choice5
Joinery5
Fretwork5
Fit and Finish of adornments5
Quality of finish work5
Ease of repair5
Potential range of setup5
Balance on knee5
Balance on strap5
Overall electronic quality5
Solder joints, wire runs5
Clarity5
Noise5
Shielding5
Quality for Price Range5